Amaechi to Igbo: Stop lamenting, conquer with what you have
ELDER statesman and first republic Minister
of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi is
unhappy with Igbo for constantly bemoaning
their situation in Nigeria, telling them to stop
lamenting their loss of political power in the
country because they could still conquer with
what they have.
Speaking at a political round-table organized
by the Movement for Greater Anambra State,
MOFGAS, in Awka, Amaechi urged them to
strive to conquer economic and technical
power since the hallmark of every government
was to effect development to make life better
for the people.
Though Amaechi acknowledged the neglect of
Igbo nation, which he said, contributed
immensely towards independence and
economic growth of the country, he argued
that rather than bemoan their situation, Igbo
people should exploit their ingenuity by using
their technical and business acumen to
develop their land.
Giving example with the industrial town of
Nnewi, the elder statesman observed that the
people of the area have been investing at
home, developing their town and providing
employment for their people.
Chairman of Presidents of Ohaneze in the Igbo
–speaking states of the country, Dr. Chris
Eluemuno agreed with Amaechi, insisting that
Igbo did not belong to the scheme of things in
Nigeria, arguing that until they established a
political party that they could call their own,
they would remain a toy in the hands of the
rest of the people of the country.
In his speech, the chairman of MOFGAS, Chief
Shedrack Anakwue said the group’s desire was
to seek for a new coalition that would produce
a governor after the heart of the people during
the next dispensation.
According to him, the body is made up of
committed Anambra people cutting across the
21 local government areas with a vision and
desire to facilitate and engender good
governance in the state.
He said: “What we have in mind is a
government that will be devoid of impunity,
nepotism, denominational discrimination and
all the divisive tendencies that are capable of
tearing us apart. Rather, we desire a governor
that will unite us as a people with common
Also contributing, a former governorship
aspirant in the state, Dr. Alex Obiogbolu said
Anambra was tired of slogans, adding that
‘now is time to action’.
According to him, a leader must be capable of
mobilizing the people, creating jobs,
judiciously mobilizing state resources and be
held accountable at the end of his tenure.
Governor Willie Obiano, Minister of Labour and
Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, APC
chieftain, Chief George Moghalu and leader of
PPA in the state, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo were
represented at the ceremony, while former
Secretary to the State Government, Mr.
Oseloka Obaze, among others, attended.